beauty essentials: sunscreen

12 03 2010
the fact that i have 5 different types of sunscreen in my medicine cabinet may indicate that i have a slight obsession.  this sort of obsession carries over into my eye cream  stash and moisturizers and concealers.  i can justify these purchases because i wake up to different skin everyday.  it’s a finicky and temperamental thing, this little epidermis of mine.   i don’t know about you, but my skin changes with the season.  in the winter, my cheeks are dry and my skin gets a little icky.  in the summer, it gets oily and changes tint a bit.  i need a range of products to deal with my schizophrenic outer layer.

here are my favorite sunscreens:

la roche posay's anthelios is my go-to in the winter. it's heavier, so it gives my skin a little moisture in the cold months.

PCAskin hydrator plus SPF 25 - i use this in the springtime. my skin is usually on its best behavior and the sun's rays aren't shining down on me too much. no zinc oxide in this one.

Obagi SPF 35 - the BEST sunscreen out there in my opinion. it has a good amount of zinc oxide, which a lot sunscreens are missing on the ingredient list. the zinc oxide makes it hard to blend, so beware - you may have splotches of white if you don't rub it in all the way.


essentials: beauty

7 03 2010

i’m not big on make-up.  i hate lipstick or gloss, refuse to wear foundation, and loathe eyeshadow.  everything about that attitude was fine until i hit a certain age.  i have no fear of aging, but the change in my skin texture threw me for a loop.  then, i found the most treasured beauty product in my beauty regimen arsenal:  laura mercier tinted moisturizer.  so light AND it has sunblock.

dream-come-true in a bottle (err, tube)? i think so.